Our Bench - New Forest Accessible Accommodation

Places to visit gallery of ideas

A gallery of photos taken in and around the New Forest, to encourage you to explore and suggest ideas of places to visit and activities you may enjoy.

Map reading

Map reading in the New Forest - we provide a map for you to use during your stay

BExbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens near Beaulieu is a lovely garden to explore

Shley Walk

This area of the New Forest is known as Ashley Walk and is know for bing used as bombing range during the 2nd World War.

Baby Geese at Cadmans Pool

Cadmans Pool in the New Forest is a favorite spot for birds and they come right up to the car park.

Tracion Engines

Th New Forest Show, Hampshire Show, Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally, Ellingham Show and Romsey Show are fantasitc local events featuring traction engines.

Hatchet Pond

Sunrise at Hatchet Pond near Bealieu - you can park on the side of the pond and enjoy a frosty sunrise in winter.

Carriage Ride

A carriage ride through the New Forest in Winter

Hurst Castle

Watersports on Keyhaven River near Hurst Castle

Frosty Morning

Frosty morning at Hatchet Pond

Fishing Boats

Fishing boats on Lymington Quay.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding in the New Forest

Cattle

Cattle roam freely and graze the forest lawns

Furzey House

Furzey Gardens, a magical garden with fairy doors and a thatched tea room.

Lymington Sea Wall

A walk along the sea wall near Lymington's Sea Water Baths

New Forest Ponies

You do not have to travel far to see a New Forest pony and a foal in May.

Milford on Sea

A fantastic cliff top walk at Milford on Sea in the winter sunshine.

Explore the Solent

Just a 8km accessible walk from your holiday cottage could enable you to enjoy moments like this. Ideas of places to visit can be found in the useful information section - there are also suggested routes in the holiday cottage ready for you.

Deer near Ober Corner

A walk into the forest near Ober Corner carpark and you may be lucky and spot Fallow deer.

Milford on Sea

Milford on Sea has a lovely cafe, views if the Needles, Hurst Castle and a lovely tarmac path to walk along.

New Forest Lavender

New Forest Lavender is a lovely spot to enjoy in the summer.

Milford on Sea

Lymington Bandstand at Bath Road has a regular program os Sunday concerts in the summer.

Lepe

Lepe beach, great views of the Solent - watch the tankers come into Southampton Water too.

East Boldre

Drive through the forest and ponies are grazing on the verges

Avon Beach

Avon Beach - lovely sandy beach, a tarmac promenade and ice cream!

Wilveryly Enclosure

Wilverly Enclosure, great for dog walking and a circular route to follow.

Wildlife Park

Family fun at New Forest Wildlife Park.

Ferrai Day

Ferrari Day in July in Lymington - amazing supercars to view.

Kite Surfing

Kite Surfing along Hurst Spit near Keyhaven. A great spot for crabbing too!

New Forest Stag

A Stag in early Autumn near Ober Corner car park.

New Forest Wildlife Images

Local photographer - New Forest Wildlife Images with a donkey foal in summer.

New Forest Wildlife Park

Close encounters at New Forest Wildlife Park

Autumn by Bike

Autumn bike ride near Highland Corner car park

Whitefield Moor

Ponies on Whitefield Moor in summer

testwood lakes

The Iron Age house at Testwood Lake Nature reserve

Surfers at Boscombe

Surfers at Boscombe.

Milford on Sea

Milford on Sea sunset

Standing Hat

Autumn forest walks from Standing Hat car park.

Testwood Lake

Summer picnics at Testwood Lakes.

Romsey Show

Romsey Show is in September, the New Forest Show is in July - both fantastic events.

Boscombe Pier

sunset on Boscombe Pier.

New Forest Pony

Ponies near Beachen Wood Car park.

Pedall New Forest

Pedall New Forest - enjoying an accessible bike ride.

Libertys

Close encounters at Libertys

Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens in Summer

Knightwood Oak

A forest walk near Knightwood Oak

Cycling in the New Forest

Cycling in the New Forest near the Ladycross estate

Bird Watching

Bird Watching is very popular on the Lymington to Keyhaven coastal path.

artist at work

An artist at work near Castle Hill, inspired by the natural beauty of the New Forest.

Lymington URC

A secret garden hidden behind Lymington URC in the High Street.

Views to Hurst Castle

The walk from Keyhaven back to Lymington along the nature reserve

Lymington Quay

Lymington Quay in summer

Holiday Photoshoots

Helen one of the owners is a photographer and she enjoys capturing photos of the New Forest area, she finds that photos help inspire her to visit more places, so she has tried to include a variety of images on this page of places she thinks would be great for you to explore too. In many cases the location given gives you an idea of where to start exploring, it could be a town, village or a New Forest car park.

If Helen was to describe what she would liked to photograph most it would be "things that make you smile", being out in the New Forest and spotting a deer, enjoying a sunshine or just seeing people having fun and enjoying the local area are certainly high on her list. You can see more examples of her work on www.renoufdesign.co.uk

Helen would love the opportunity to capture more of guests enjoying their New Forest holidays, and is more than happy to arrange a photoshoot with you during your holoiday. As a special offer (exclusive to Our Bench Self Catering guests), Helen would be delighted to arrange to meet you at one of her favorite local locations, take a gallery of images and provide you with 6 free digital images from the shoot on condition that we are able to use the photos to promote our cottages. You can then view the online gallery once you return home, and have no obligation to purchase anymore. Digital Images are normally £19.99 each, with prints from just £10. If you would like to arrange this then please let us know once you have booked your holiday.

Sam and his parents enjoying a story

Sam and his parents photographer in the holiday cottage

Exbury Gardens

Sam and his Dad

Sam in his wheelchair in the New Forest

Sam and his wheelchair

More Places that we love to explore

Dog walking at dusk

Dusk is often when you can spot deer, but this evening the spot was being enjoyed by dog walkers..

Coastal Path

The Coastal path at Hengistbury Head is enjoyable by power chair or land train.

Moors Valley

Amazing family fun on a Woodland play trail at Moors Valley Country Park.

Longdown

Meeting the animals at Longdown Activity Farm

Oceanarium

Meeting the fish in the Oceanarium

Bolton Bench

The landmark Yew Tree near Lyndhurst known as Bolton's Bench.

Lymington

The courtyards behind the shops become entertainment space in Lymington during the summer

Lymington Carnival

Lymington BCarnival is held in July every year.

Longlsade

The ponies graze as the heather blooms in September near Longslade Bottom.

Highcliffe castle

Highcliffe Castle - tea rooms and a walk through the nature reserve onto Mudeford.

Hatchet Moor

Park alongside the lily ponds at Hatchet Moor.

Buckers Hard

The historic village of Buckers Hard once famouse for its ship building.

A roe deer

A roe deer walking through the September heather.

Bournemouth Airshow

The Bournemouth Airshow is an amazing 4 days festival of planes towards the end of August.

Boldrewood

The forestry commission feed the deer at Boldrewood during the summer months in the afternoons.

Lepe Beach

Lepe beach is a lovely spot for dog walking, and a stunning cafe whatever the weather.

Archery

Have a go at Archery with an instructor.

Bolderwood

Watching for deer at Boldrewood

Lepe

The tiny lighthouse at Lepe.

Family walks

Family walks in the New Forest

Lymington

Sunset on the Lymington to Keyhaven nature reserve

Bluebells

Bluebell woods appear in the New Forest in May

Donkey Foals

Donkey Foals in a New Forest Car Park - these are wild animals, so please do not feed them.

Hurst Castle Lighthouse

The Lighthouse at Hurst Castle along the shingle bank.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves appear in the New Forest in June.

New Forest Foals

Driving round the forest, the New Forest foals feed by the roadside.

Forest Ponies

The forest ponies graze on buttercup covered lawns in summer.

Freedom

Freedom to follow your own path and explore safely as a family.

Railway Line

Summer on a disused railway line - now a cycle path and a pleasent walk through the New Forest - you can pick up this route from Longslad Bottom car park.

Picnics

Picnics at Amberwood in the New Forest

tadploe spotting

Tadpole spotting and stone tossing at Janesmoor Pond in summer.

Hegistbury Head

Enjoying a coffee at Hengistbury head - lots of regular customers fly in here!

Hatchet Moor

Bring a chair, sit back and watch the dragonflies at Hatchet Moor.

There are lots of other amazing photographers in the New Forest that could inspire you to explore the New Forest - we would also like to introduce you to Yvonne - Yvonne is New Forest Wildlife Images, a photographer who share photos almost everyday of Facebook - takes amazing wildlife photos and is a wheelchair user. Yvonne has a huge amount of patience, she is often up early to take her photos and gets around the New Forest in either her wheelchair, on her scooter or on her hand peddle bike. She has told me one of the advantages of being a wheelchair user is that you can creep quietly on the animals and see through the hedge rows to the delights beyond.

We recommend following her facebook page for an insight into the wildlife you may see. New Forest Wildlife Images